Today I honor Mothers.
But wait. I know for many, Mother’s Day is not necessarily a happy day. It can be a reminder of struggles and pain.
So today I send my love and support to the following strong women.
—I honor moms who have lost their own mother. How difficult to raise your children without the support or advice of your own dear mom.
–I honor moms struggling with postpartum mood disorders. PPD, anxiety, OCD and psychosis. It is not your fault and you are not alone.
–I honor moms coping with mental illness, such as depression, bipolar disorder, borderline personality and anxiety. Especially those suffering who don’t even know or want to admit they have an illness.
–I honor moms who have lost a child, whether stillbirth, miscarriage or later in life. To live without your angel beside you is more than heartbreaking.
–I honor moms struggling with infertility, even if you have yet to get your miracle. You are a Mother already in your heart and in mine.
–I honor birth mothers. You have made a great sacrifice for the future of your child. You are a good mother for giving that gift.
–I honor adoptive and foster moms for giving your children a family and love they may never have known.
–I honor moms with children of special needs. Your commitment is a true blessing to your child.
–I honor moms with children unable to be home right now, due to sickness or hospitalization, in the NICU or ICU.
–I honor military moms with spouses or children on deployment. You make great sacrifices for your family and your Country.
–I honor moms who have lost their partners to breakups, divorce or death. You are strong.
–I honor moms created by the loss of a child’s parent by accident, natural disaster, crime, sickness or suicide. These moms have stepped up and stepped in to take care of the children after great loss. The challenges and joys overwhelming.
–I honor moms who have passed on. You are loved and you are missed.
–I honor moms who have died by suicide. This one may be difficult for some to understand. But these moms lost a battle with mental illness. A real illness with struggles often hard won. I honor you for giving the world your beautiful children, and for never knowing your own true beauty. You were also loved and are missed.
For all of the moms (and kids) struggling this Mother’s Day. You are NOT alone.